Saffron Walden County High School are the latest beneficiaries of the Aerozone’s outreach work. 60 girls from Year 8 enjoyed two half day workshops at school hosted by pilots, ground crew and engineers. Following an inspiration talk from easyJet pilots the girls looked at the forces behind flight and, through a scientific experiment, demonstrated how lift is generated by a fixed wing.
“The relationship between the Aerozone and Royal Aeronautical Society has been invaluable, especially in helping to achieve our 150th Anniversary outreach target. In 2016 6 Cool Aeronautics events were held at the Aerozone, which were attended by 11 different Primary Schools.
The facilities at the Aerozone make every event fantastic and allow us to raise aspirations and inspire the next generation of aviators”
Jonathan Axford, Careers and Outreach Officer, Royal Aeronautical Society
Skills and Apprenticeships Minister, Rt Hon. Robert Halfon MP, made a flying visit to Stansted on Friday (Dec 9) to see how the airport is boosting education, job and training opportunities for young people and jobseekers.
The Harlow MP called in on the airport’s education centre, Aerozone Stansted, to see how it is working with young people to increase skills in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) and highlight careers in aviation.
R A Butler have been fortunate beneficiaries of Stansted Airport’s Aerozone, an on-site educational centre that also does outreach work with local schools. The girls in Year 5 had a half day workshop at school hosted by pilots, groundcrew and engineers, the aim of which was to encourage girls to consider a future career in aviation. There was hands on fun when the girls created their own rockets for launch, whilst having to keep their precious egg cargo intact!
On 10 March, 60 children from two Essex Schools – De Vere Primary in Halstead and Thomas Willingale in Loughton – will experience the fascinating world of flying, aerospace and engineering at a day-long Cool Aeronautics event at London Stansted Airport organised by the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Pupils will participate in fun, interactive workshops, and listen to themed talks delivered by aerospace and aviation professionals, including a pilot and an airport engineer.
All children go home from the event with a special goody bag containing aviation inspired contents which they can then share with their parents, siblings and friends.
First launched in 2007, Cool Aeronautics is the Royal Aeronautical Society’s primary school outreach programme that aims to showcase aerospace and aviation to 7 and 11 year-old children and their teachers and parents to encourage from an early age an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, as well as the amazing opportunities that the sector can offer.
Just four months after its official opening and the same month as the centre welcomed its 1,000th visitor, Aerozone Stansted has picked up its first award.
Epping’s ‘YES Partnership’ invited the airport to attend the ‘Investors in Young People’ Awards ceremony on 16 October, where Aerozone Stansted received the title of ‘New Innovation in Employability’ for its flagship education project.
The award was presented by Eleanor Laing MP, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, and Stephen Metcalfe MP and was collected by the Aerozone Stansted team, pictured above.